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fall from grace

To fall out of favor, typically due to having done something that tarnishes one's reputation. That actor had a catastrophic fall from grace after his very public racially-charged tirade.
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fall from grace

 
1. . Lit. to sin and get on the wrong side of God. (A Christian concept.) It was either fall from grace or starve from lack of money. That's how thieves are made. Given the choice between falling from grace and starving, few people choose to starve.
2. Fig. to do something wrong and get in trouble with someone other than God. I hear that Ted lost the Wilson contract and has fallen from grace with the boss. The accounting firm has fallen from grace and the board is looking for a new one.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fall from grace

Experience reduced status or prestige, cease to be held in favor, as in The whole department has fallen from grace and may well be dissolved entirely. This expression originally alluded to losing the favor of God. Today it is also used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1300s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fall from grace

COMMON Someone's fall from grace is their sudden loss of power, fame or influence as a result of a big mistake that they have made or something bad that they have done. The cause of Ms Smith's fall from grace was the same as Ms Clark's: she had once hired an illegal immigrant to look after her son. His story represents one of the most spectacular falls from grace in film history. The last two years, of course, have seen the banks' fall from grace in the eyes of the public. Note: You can also say that someone falls from grace. The band later fell from grace when it was discovered that they never sang on their own records.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

fall from grace

1 fall into a state of sin. 2 fall from favour.
2 1998 Martin Booth The Industry of Souls He was an officer in the local militia before he arrested a young official…for corruption and fell from grace.
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fall from ˈgrace

lose people’s approval, for example through a mistake or immoral behaviour: The government minister fell from grace as a result of the financial scandal.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

fall from grace

To experience a major reduction in status or prestige.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fall from grace, to

To lapse into sin; to lose favor. The term comes from the Bible, in which St. Paul says that those who lose faith in God are “fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4). “Grace” here, and in subsequent ecclesiastical writings, means God’s grace, which is necessary to be saved from eternal damnation. However, the expression later was transferred to any kind of temporal decline or disgrace.
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Few leaders have fallen from grace to disgrace as spectacularly as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
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